2022/2023 Neurology Program Residents
Jessica Canosa, M.D. (PGY-1)
Dr. Canosa graduated from Ross University School of Medicine with the highest honors. While at Ross, she was on the Dean’s Honor Roll. Prior to medical school, she received a master’s degree in biomedical sciences from Barry University and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Miami. Her volunteer activities included serving as a bedside buddy at a children’s hospital and working at a recreation center with children. Throughout college, Dr. Canosa was involved in research on emotions and mood regulation, as well as on attachment styles and identity formation. Dr. Canosa is fluent in English and Spanish.
Willy Gan, M.D. (PGY-1)
Dr. Gan graduated from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. He received his bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology from the University of California in Berkeley. He also completed a Post-Baccalaureate program at Cleveland State University.
Olivia Mattner, D.O. (PGY-1)
Dr. Mattner graduated from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine with the highest honors. While at VCOM, she was a part of the Sigma Sigma Phi Chapter and received the Biomedical Student Scholar Award and the Global Health Service Award. Throughout medical school, she was involved in research on the effects of Tolyfluanid on cardiac and neural stem cell growth. Prior to medical school, Dr. Mattner received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Liberty University and worked as a Scientist for Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories.
Denis Babici, M.D. (PGY-2)
Dr. Babici graduated from Nicolae Testemițanu State University school of Medicine and Pharmacy in Chisinau, Moldova. Prior to joining FAU, he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine at Rutgers University, New Jersey School of Medicine. For his work on vascular stiffness and its association with diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, he received the 2019 Young Investigator Award at the American Heart Association meeting in Philadelphia. Here at FAU, he was nominated for the 2022 Gold Foundation Humanism & Excellence in Teaching Award and received a First Place Award at the 2022 Society for Hospital Medicine Florida Chapter Summit Meeting. His poster presentation was entitled Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures – Formulating a Differential Diagnosis. Dr. Babici is fluent in English, Russian, Romanian, and Ukrainian.
Here at Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Babici received the 2023 Gold Foundation Humanism & Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Babici has been accepted to do a two-year Vascular Fellowship and a one-year Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia-Augusta following the completion of his residency.
Octavio Carranza-Renteria, M.D. (PGY-2)
Dr. Carranza-Renteria is a medical graduate of Universidad Vasco de Quiroga Escuela de Medicina General, in Mexico. Prior to the start of residency, Dr. Carranza-Renteria trained in Internal Medicine at the Mexican Social Security Institute, which is the largest governmental agency to provide public health services. Here at Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Carranza-Renteria received the 2022 Gold Foundation Humanism & Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Carranza-Renteria is fluent in English and Spanish.
Roxana Dragomir, M.D. (PGY-2)
Dr. Dragomir is a medical graduate of Universitatea Transilvania Facultatea de Medicina Brasov, Romania. Prior to her medical education, she obtained both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Finance and Banking. Dr. Dragomir is also a PhD candidate from Universitatea Transilvania Facultatea de Medicina Brasov, Romania. In the future, she intends to combine academic work with clinical practice. Dr. Dragomir is fluent in English, Spanish, German, French, Romania, and Moldavian.
Angel Bayas, M.D. (PGY-3)
Dr. Bayas is a graduate of Universidad Central del Ecuador. He holds a post bachelorette certificate in Health Information Management from Weber State University and worked as a Manager of Clinical Documentation Improvement for four hospitals in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Bayas has also volunteered to work with a Neurological Medical Mission that treats epilepsy patients in the rain forest of Tena, Ecuador. Dr. Bayas is fluent in English and Spanish.
Adrian Rodriguez-Hernandez, M.D. (PGY-3)
Dr. Rodriguez-Hernandez is a graduate from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, School of Medicine. Before joining FAU, Dr. Rodriguez-Hernandez worked as an assistant professor at UAG Medical School and did research on neuropsychiatric manifestations of autoimmune diseases. Dr. Rodriguez-Hernandez is fluent in English and Spanish.
Here at Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Rodriguez-Hernandez received the 2023 Gold Foundation Humanism & Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Rodriguez-Hernandez has been accepted to complete a Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship at UTHealth Houston McGovern Medical School.
Zufe Rizvi, M.D. (PGY-4)
Dr. Rizvi is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. She has conducted clinical research involving traumatic brain injuries in professional athletes, memory disorders, opioid use disorder, and pain rehabilitation. Dr. Rizvi has assisted in the preparation of medical expert testimony and the creation of medical reports in civil litigation arising from neurological injuries. She has worked at a neurobehavioral institute where she was trained to treat neurological diseases within pediatric and adult populations. Dr. Rizvi will be completing a Movement Disorders Fellowship at the University of Texas Health Houston McGovern School of Medicine.